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Mobile Phone use in Thailand


mobile phone use in thailand

Everyone has heard the story of the traveller going on an overseas holiday and coming home to a large Mobile Phone Bill. How can I avoid this myself? Below I will provide information regarding the best methods of  Mobile phone use in Thailand. The large bills are normally caused by high international usage charges. If you have a capped plan you will find nothing International is included with it and will be on top of your cap bill. When you use your Home sim card in Thailand you will be charged at international roaming rate for calls, SMS’s (sent and received) and Data.

One-2-Call AIStruemove Sim card dtac_happy_Thailand

To avoid the high phones bills upon return use a Thailand mobile phone carrier. The three most repeatable carriers are One-2-Call (AIS), DTAC and TrueMove. They will all give you great prices, coverage in the busier touristy areas, but if you plan to travel through some of the non-touristy areas One-2-Call would be the best option for you as it is Thailand’s number 1 network with best coverage.

When you arrive in Thailand purchase your preferred mobile phone carrier and purchase a prepaid Sim Card at most 7-11’s, FamilyMart’s and phone retailers. You can also purchase data packs, music, WiFi access to the wide WiFi networks throughout Thailand. You will also have a choice of normal sized sim cards or the micro and Nano sims. Be sure to check that your phone will take a 3rd party Sim Card prior to travelling. If you do purchase a data pack make sure you enable and disable the data usage on your phone in Thailand you will find your data will quickly disappear, even if you are not actively using it.

7-11 Thailand

If you are travelling with family or friends it is a good idea to purchase a sim card for each person to stay in contact with each other. It will cost you very little to call each other within Thailand. You will also find that calling back home will still save you a lot of money from using your Home carrier’s sim card. The best practice is the take your sim card out of the phone when you arrive in Thailand and provide your Thailand phone number once you have purchased one.

Handy Tip – Thailand Country Code is +66

To purchase credit for your prepaid sim card you can ask the service person at most 7-11’s, FamilyMart or phone retailers for the required amount of credit you would like eg. 200Baht. You will be given a card or a receipt with instructions on how to recharge your mobile phone.

 

One-2-Call(AIS)

As I personally use One-2-Call when in Thailand I will give you some information on the carrier and how to use it.

  • To recharge type *120* (16 Digit Pin) # into your phones keypad and dial.
  • Call 1175 (within Thailand) for Customer Service.
  • Dial *121# to check your remaining Balance.
  • Call rates are from 2B for the first minute and 0.5B per minute there-after per minute within Thailand.  2B per SMS within Thailand and around 10 for an International SMS.**
  • When you are calling internationally make sure you dial 005 or 00500 before the country code for the best possible rates.
  • To purchase credit for your prepaid sim card you can ask the service person at most 7-11’s, FamilyMart or phone retailers for the required amount of credit you would like eg. 200Baht. You will be given a card or a receipt with instructions on how to recharge your mobile phone.
  • To subscribe to one of the below packages simply key the figures under the “Signing Up” tab into your phones keypad and dial.

1-2-callOne-2-Call Data packages

If you do have trouble connecting to the internet from your mobile phone call 1175 for customer service or visit a  One-2-Call Phone retailer and they will help you with setting up.

**Beware prices do change from time to time so take these figures as approx figure.